Friday, 3 November 2017

DIY Pokémon Pokédex Piñata

Yes, you read correctly: a DIY piñata that's not Sailor Moon-themed! Did you ever think this day would come?! As soon as I first thought of making piñatas I made a whole list of ideas on what to make them into, but I kind of got carried away with the Sailor Moon ones and forgot about the rest...

I promise you that I have a heap of DIY project ideas - including piñatas - that aren't anime-related, but I had to make a Pokédex piñata first to celebrate Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You! being released in cinemas around the world on November 5th. I honestly can't believe they're re-doing the beginning of Ash's story, but I'm super excited to see it. 

Even though Ash gets new items - including an upgraded Pokédex - as his journey progresses, I'll still always love the original ones the best. The original Pokédex will always hold a special place in my heart. 

Just the fact that I actually ended up finishing this piñata should prove how much I love the original Pokédex as this was very tedious to make - but so, so worth it. This would be absolutely perfect for a Pokémon-themed party - which I would definitely still love to have!

If you decide to give this piñata a go, I wish you all the luck in the world! Cutting out and sticking on the individual pieces of paper takes a bit of time, but can easily be done while you're watching TV or something. Also, I used this photo of an open Pokédex for reference!


♡ Two cereal boxes - one should be slightly taller than the other, but they need to be same width
♡ Red streamers
♡ Black, white, blue, green, red and yellow paper
♡ Scissors
♡ Glue stick and tape
♡ Black fineliner pen
♡ Red texta


1. Line up your two cereal boxes so that the smaller one is on the right side. With your photo of an open Pokédex nearby for reference, draw a line towards the top of the smaller cereal box that dips down in the middle and then continues to the edge of the cereal box. The photo above is for reference in case my explaining is leaving you confused.

Open up the top of the cereal box to make it easier for you to cut this part out, then cut the back piece the exact same way, ensuring that they're the same height so they line up. Keep the extra cardboard pieces that you just cut out.

2. Now is a good idea to fill up the smaller cereal box with candy. Once you've done that, you can stick the top back on with sticky tape. I cut mine into three pieces so that I could position the middle part on an angle more easily. The best advice I can give you is to just keep adding more tape until it all sticks together nicely!

3. Attach the two cereal boxes together with glue or tape (I used tape), then fill the bigger cereal box with candy, or whatever you would like to fill your piñata with. Now it's time for the fun part: streamers!

Starting from the bottom of the cereal boxes, measure out a strip of streamer so that it goes all the way across both boxes. Fringe the bottom half of the streamers, and stick down with tape. Continue measuring, fringing, and sticking the streamers all the way up to the top of the piñata. For the very top strip of piñata, I used glue instead of tape so that you couldn't see it, but if you don't mind then continue using tape. 
Repeat this step for the back and sides of the piñata as well - remember to always start from the bottom and work your way up!

5. Lay the piñata on its back so that the bottom is facing you, then measure, fringe and stick streamers in an upwards motion until you cant see anymore cardboard. Flip the piñata so that it's laying on its front and then measure, fringe and stick streamers on the remaining visible cardboard. 

6. Now for the most tedious part: the decorations. I re-did these pieces a few times, and still wish I could do them again as the "screen" isn't as wide as I would have liked, but the perfectionist within me will never truly be pleased, so I let it be. With the photo of an open Pokédex in front of me, I traced and cut out each shape on the required colour paper. 

For the larger blue circle, I cut out a white circle first, then a slightly smaller blue one, and then a tiny white dot, and glued them together. For the screen, I cut out a white square and a smaller black square and stuck them together. I cut the bottom left corner off, then drew the necessary red dots and black lines with the texta and fineliner. The rest should be pretty self explanatory, but let me know if you need some further explanation. 

TIP: I haven't seen any other DIY blogger recommend this when making piñatas, but before I add the streamers, I like to cover the outside of my piñata in paper that's the same colour as the streamers I'll be using as streamers can be very transparent and I don't want the brown colour of the cardboard to show up underneath.

As fiddly and tedious as this piñata may seem, it's still pretty easy to make, and I think the end product is well worth it. It's currently right at home with the rest of my Pokémon collection. Even if you're not having or attending a Pokémon themed party, this would make a pretty rad present for a fellow Pokémon lover.  

I would probably cry if someone gave me this as a present. I also would not let anyone use it though because it's too perfect. I really need to stop falling in love with these piñatas and let some of them actually be used 😂  If you could have any piñata you wanted at your party, what would it be? I'm always looking for inspiration!

Until next time,
Indya xx